The company received more than 200 submissions from around the world for MDV. There was no set theme or subject matter; playwrights could tackle anything they wanted. “We usually say the plays should deal with family relationships or something like that, but this year we didn’t. Then again, I think every play deals with family relationships somehow, so we still got lots of plays that deal with family,” says Decker. A panel of judges read through them. It was a blind process, with no one knowing who the playwrights were. Some of those chosen were monologues as short as a minute long; others were short one-acts with a full cast. Spread out over two weekends, Museum of Dysfunction V has two programs (you have to attend both weekends in order to see all of the plays). 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Through August 18. Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street.
Aug. 9-11, 8 p.m.; Aug. 16-18, 8 p.m., 2012